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You already know that smoothies are quick, convenient, and nutritious – but did you know they can be your skin's best friend? Margaux J. Lewis shows you how.

Here is a list of the top smoothie ingredients, guaranteed to get your skin glowing in no time!

Chia seeds: Small but mighty, these are packed with skin-softening omega-3 fatty acids which maintain healthy skin cell membranes, reduce external inflammation, and prevent wrinkles, acne, and eczema. Add chia to smoothies to improve the look, texture, and overall health of your skin.

Figs: There's a bit of irony in the fact that such a wrinkly little fruit can promote beautiful skin - but it’s true! Rich in fibre and minerals, they cleanse the body of toxins, and are also a great source of skin-lovin' vitamin A. Pop figs into your smoothie if you are prone to pimples or acne.

Dates: They're packed with potassium which helps to keep skin hydrated and supple, plus iron for a healthy natural glow, and B-group vitamins which help to counter acne breakouts. Add dates to your smoothie if your skin feels rough, dull, or congested.

Spinach: This soft, iron-rich green isn't just for salads and sides; its mild flavour makes it an easy addition to a morning smoothie – all you will notice is the supercharge of antioxidants, calcium, magnesiu, and potassium. Oh, and spinach is a great plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Spirulina: A quick scoop of spirulina turns any smoothie into an inflammation-fighting powerhouse, as it is absolutely packed with gamma linolenic acid, free radical-fighting antioxidants, skin-building protein, and a wealth of vitamins and minerals.

Chlorella: This contains 18 amino acids and generous quantities of vitamins A and iron, plus irno and calcium. Stir a spoonful into your smoothie is you are wanting to reduce oiliness and blackheads, or reduce visible scars.

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Free radical fighter

The apple gives this recipe a nice boost of fibre, while the honey is full of enzymes to promote digestive health.
1 cup organic spinach
1 green apple
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ cup strawberries
1 cup coconut milk

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Under the sea

Don't like the taste of nutrient-rich spirulina? Think again! These ingredients mask the earthy flavour while giving this recipe a vitamin C charge.
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
1 cup almond milk
½ cup pineapple
½ cup mango
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon chia seeds

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Figgy fabulousness

Filled with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, this smoothie will have your skin feel sensational in no time!
1 cup almond milk
3 or 4 fresh figs
½ cup almonds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 banana

Margaux J. Lewis, B.S., N.T.P., is a certified nutritional therapy practitioner, media nutritionist, and the creator of Authentic Self Wellness. www.authenticselfwellness.com

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